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Learning to cope with change

Staff Reporter

Interactive English Series factors in change in children's thinking


  • The Book Monster Club will be launched formally on December 25
  • It will deal with books that enhance a child's knowledge

    CHENNAI: Remember the story of the Clever Crow? It dropped stones into a pot to raise the water level till it could drink easily. Well, that method is obsolete, because crows in storybooks today have to be a lot savvier than that.

    Saraswati from the English Language Teachers' Association of India (ELTAI), author of Manoj Prakashan's Interactive English Series, said today's crow would buy a straw and get on with the job.

    The `Interactive English Series', as also the `Master English Grammar Series', launched by Manoj Prakashan on Saturday, factor in this change in the way children think.

    The Master English Grammar series is penned by Pusha Balajagam, former Principal, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School.

    The publishing company, Manoj Prakasam, focuses on primary education — Standard I-V.

    It recently entered the Limca Book of Records for its concept to lighten the load of schoolchildren by introducing term-wise textbooks, with all four subjects taught at the primary level in one volume.

    Representatives from 50 city schools attended the launch.

    Valli Arunachalam from the PSBB, who has written for Manoj Prakashan, and film personality Yuhi Sethu, were present.

    Pooja Sharma, Managing Director, Manoj Prakashan, introduced to participants the `Book Monster Club,' which will be launched formally on December 25.

    "The idea is to bring back the reading habit among children and inculcate [in them] the love of books that has been lost."

    The club will deal with books that enhance a child's knowledge but are not part of the curriculum. They will be published by Pages for Ages, the company's new publishing arm. The publisher has brought out a series of educational CDs in association with American company, Q Group, to enhance Children's learning skills and spoken English.

    Though the club has not yet been launched in Chennai, Ms. Sharma said, it already has 4,000 registered members. For more details of the Manoj Prakashan products, call 1600 425 6786 (toll free).

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